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View Poll Results: Do you think of (in day-to-day speech):
Mostly USA and Canada. 79 66.95%
Mostly USA, Canada and Mexico. 22 18.64%
Mostly USA, Canada, Mexico and more (eg. includes Caribbean, central America etc.) 17 14.41%
Voters: 118. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-02-2012, 12:36 AM
 
Location: Urban Coastal California
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I don't use or hear the term.


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agreed, not widely used term here. (You actually hear "North America/ns" more internationally- like in Asia/ Europe/ Aus...and Canadians seem to refer to this collective term more than Americans)

the US just goes by "the US" or "America"- if Canada is included, then "North America"...i wouldnt include Mexico just b/c of the cultural differences despite the geography
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:15 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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for me...

North America = USA and Canada

Central America = Every country between the US and Colombia (incl. the Caribbean)

South America = Every country South/East of Panama

Latin America = Central America + South America (Except Belize, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Aruba, Dutch Antilles, Suriname, Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago)
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:05 AM
 
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Mexico always seemed to belong in South America rather than in North America. It's very different to both the US and Canada, both of which share a lot of similarities.
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:16 AM
 
Location: western East Roman Empire
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To be sure, in grade school geography the term includes Mexico, but I also put Canada and the United States. Culturally Mexico is, in most people's minds, part of Latin America .

However, Mexico is now an integral part of North America of because of NAFTA, among other relatively recent developments.

And it will probably remain so in the foreseeable future unless all of a sudden there are popular movements in several major countries that effectively lead to a reversal of globalisation. Though not impossible, highly improbable.

In this context, it is worth mentioning that the US has free-trade agreements with Chile, most Central America and Caribbean countries, and more recently Peru, Colombia, and Panama .

It appears that one result of globalisation so far is that the US is becoming somewhat more like the rest of the world in terms of quality of government, while technologically the rest of the world is becoming more like the US.

On the current path, it appears that we will all meet in a mediocre middle.

Good Luck!

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Old 04-02-2012, 04:58 AM
 
Location: PA
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I think of North America as the US and Canada. If you just say "America" I think of the USA, even though everyone from North, Central, and South America is an "American." When you say "North America" I see that as a way of wanting to include Canada without saying "The United States and Canada." If you say North America, I assume it atleast has one Canadian connection.

Mexico is kind of different. Its part of Latin America, but it doesn't fit into Central America. Its more North American than Central American. Its not part of the C-4, they use tu instead of vos, and its economy /size is much bigger than all countries between it south to Panama.
No, not really. Just like no one is a "world citizen".

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Just wonderin*** I'm so used to the colloquial usage of North America to mean US+Canada or otherwise English-speaking North America though I'm aware geographically it's technically USA, Canada and Mexico and sometimes more. I would say I almost always think of just the US and Canada as "North America" in daily life.
For me, as I learnt it, North America is everything from the northernmost Canadian island to Panama from Cuba to Barbados, culturally speaking North America is Canada + USA, politically speaking, it includes Mexico these days.
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:52 AM
 
Location: Sweden
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Mexico belongs to North America.
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:07 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Mexico belongs to North America.
North America is only for the elite.
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Just wondering. I'm so used to the colloquial usage of North America to mean US+Canada or otherwise English-speaking North America though I'm aware geographically it's technically USA, Canada and Mexico and sometimes more. I would say I almost always think of just the US and Canada as "North America" in daily life.
In the United States the term North America pretty much always refers to the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The term I believe you are searching for is "Anglo-America."

When ever the term North American is heard in the United States to try and collectively group people from the United States, Mexico, and Canada together it comes off as extreme propaganda to most Americans just like the term "world citizen".

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Old 04-02-2012, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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It depends on who I hear saying it, or who I am saying it to, and the context of the conversation. North America means different things to a geographer, a botanist, and archaeologist, a historian, a geologist, an economist, a radical nutcase. a kneejerk Obama-hater, a Panamanian immigrant, a license-plate collector, etcetcetc. You are not going to come out of a discussion with very much understanding, if you personally insist on every word having a single, exact, clear-cut meaning that is inflexible with no fuzzy borders, and you require that everyone else use every word to mean what you want it to mean.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:57 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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I've heard Northern America for US and Canada.
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